Note: As of the Fall 2006 semester, Dr. Stephens teaches
University in Lexington, KY.
Dr. Robert Stephens, who worked in the Department for the
2005-6 school year, completed his Ph.D. at the University
of Iowa's School of Religion in December 2004 (under the
direction of Robert
D. Baird, who, after his retirement from the University
of Iowa, held an endowed chair at Auburn University). Rob
has taught full-time for the past three years as an Instructor
in the Department of Philosophy and Religion at the University
of Northern Iowa.
Dr. Stephens, who has reading knowledge of Hindi, Sanskrit,
as well as German, has conducted fieldwork in India on two
occasions, carrying out research on religious conversion in
modern India, examining its social, political, and legal ramifications.
He also holds an M.A. and BA in Religious Studies--the former
from the University
of Kansas, in Lawrence, and the latter from Southwest
Missouri State University in Springfield.
In early June 2005, Dr. Stephens visited the University of
Alabama to present a Religion
in Culture lecture on the topic of conversion in